An Act To Amend Standards for Participation in Certain Public School Services by Students Who Are Homeschooled
Mandate preamble. This measure requires one or more local units of government to expand or modify activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues but does not provide funding for at least 90% of those expenditures. Pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 21, 2/3 of all of the members elected to each House have determined it necessary to enact this measure.
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §4772-B is enacted to read:
§ 4772-B. Students receiving homeschool instruction
A student is eligible to receive a state subsidy for postsecondary courses, as specified in section 4775, if the student is receiving home instruction in a program that meets the requirements of section 5001-A, subsection 3, paragraph A, subparagraph (4) and the eligible institution:
A student who meets the requirements of this section is eligible to participate in postsecondary courses at an eligible institution under this section, subject to the requirements and conditions of sections 4774 to 4776. Notwithstanding section 15672, subsection 32, a student described in this section is considered to be a subsidizable pupil for purposes of receiving the subsidy provided in this chapter.
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §5021, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 610, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 3. Application of postsecondary course enrollment and subsidy provisions. A student in a home instruction program is eligible for the subsidy for postsecondary enrollment, as provided in this Act, for the entire 2013-2014 school year, as long as the student enrolls in the course after July 1, 2013 and the student otherwise meets the eligibility criteria.
This bill provides that a student receiving homeschool instruction is eligible for a state tuition subsidy for certain postsecondary courses as long as the criteria for participation are met. This bill also provides that a student receiving homeschool instruction is eligible for special education services in the same manner that students enrolled in a private school are eligible for these services.